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Observations of the ectoparasitic bee mite Varroa destructor in honey bee (Apis mellifera) cells infected with chalkbrood (Ascosphaera apis)

Observations of the ectoparasitic bee mite Varroa destructor in honey bee (Apis mellifera) cells infected with chalkbrood (Ascosphaera apis)

Journal of Apicultural Research 43(1): 28-30

An interesting phenomenon, i.e. the survival of varroa mite (Varroa destructor) on mummified honey bee (Apis mellifera) larvae infected with the chalkbrood fungus (Ascosphaera apis), was observed based on varroa studies conducted in summer 2003 where frames of drone foundation were shipped to 8 co-operators in Arizona, California, Florida, Maine, Michigan and North Dakota, USA.

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